Welcome to GV Calgary

Specializing in English Classes and IELTS


Located in the heart of one of Canada's most vibrant cities, GV Calgary is known for its great staff, the international community of its student body, and its stunning English school. We offer English classes in General ESL at eight levels and English courses in Business English, TESOL, and Cambridge First Certificate. As Calgary’s first IELTS Test Centre, we also have full-time as well as evening classes in IELTS preparation.

Important Information

GV Calgary's International Program is a Designated Learning Program and eligible to receive foreign nationals on a study permit. The number for the Designated Learning Program of Global Village Calgary (Rocky Mountain English Center Ltd.) is O18761476312.

All international students must obtain a study permit for a program that is more than six months.

About Us

Calgary is a progressive economic city of approximately 1.4 million people. It is alive with young people and close to nature. World famous Banff in the majestic Rocky Mountains is only 90 minutes away.

Known for its friendly community spirit, Calgary provides a terrific quality of life. Our city and English school are safe, broadly tolerant and accepting. With its four distinct Canadian seasons, Calgary has the added benefit of more than 300 days of sunshine each year. For those who are looking for an authentic taste of Canada, Calgary is the place; GV Calgary is perfect for your English courses. 

GV Calgary is in a beautiful location in downtown Calgary. It is surrounded by modern architecture and public art. Across the street from the English school is the park with the iconic ‘Learning Statues.’  

Students thrive in GV Calgary’s international community where they learn and make new friends. The English school is famous for its outstanding academic quality, enthusiastic teachers and for inspiring students to be global citizens. GV Calgary offers a wide choice of English courses, including exam preparation and teacher training.  Click "Courses" button at the top of this page for a full overview.

Admissions Requirements: Global Village Calgary accepts international students from visa qualified countries all year round. Our Adult General English and Specialized Programs are for adults students who are aged 16 years and older. GV Calgary also accepts students from 14 to 17 years for the Teen Activity Program in the Summer. A letter of acceptance will be issued upon receipt of the completed registration form (see drop down menu on this page) and a payment. Please check with Calgary@gvenglish.com for payment policy.

Minors (students under the age of 18) must have their applications co-signed by a parent or legal guardian. Student contracts must be signed by parents or legal guardians.

Academic Focus: GV Calgary is a caring, supportive international community where we help students reach their academic goals. Our Academic Policies are explained at Orientation on the first day. We have eight levels of General English and specialized programs in IELTS Preparation, Business English and Cambridge First Certificate for students to progress according to their proficiency, and academic and career aspirations.

We are fully experienced in offering Cambridge CELTA. GV Calgary has the only CELTA training course in the Prairie provinces of Canada.

Along with being Calgary's first Official IELTS Test Centre, GV Calgary offers full-time and evening courses for IELTS preparation.

GV Calgary is recognized and fully accredited by Languages Canada and the International Association of Language Centres (IALC). Our English school is an active member of the national association, Languages Canada. As well, our international recognition with IALC is a sure measure of our high quality.


  • 24 classrooms with exterior windows

  • 2 web-enabled classrooms (31 stations in total)

  • Smartboard classroom

  • Free internet access and wireless network

  • Student lounge and games table

  • Vending machines and cable TV

  • Musical instruments and sound system

  • The IELTS Centre is an integral part of the English school

Global Village Calgary

515 1 St SE Calgary, AB T2G 2G6 Canada  
Phone: (403) 543-7300 Email:    
International Student School Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Mondays to Friday, except for public holidays.

What makes GV Calgary unique?

  • Modern English school in special heritage building

  • Wide choice of General English courses and English classes (e.g. General ESL at eight levels)

  • Official IELTS Testing Centre since 2005

  • Exam Preparation with flexible IELTS courses, including evening classes and online program

  • Official Cambridge CELTA Teacher Training Centre since 2003

  • Known for inspiring student career success

  • High level of Computer and Wi-Fi access

  • Classes available at Intermediate level for students aged 30 years plus.

  • More than 50 nationalities represented in English school population

  • Accommodation Options with fully inspected host families, downtown hostel and apartment

  • Full Activities Program with Regular Excursions to Canadian Rockies

  • Calgary Stampede (10 days in July) plus Festivals throughout year

  • Teen Program in July with strong academic and activities focus

  • Smooth pathway with SAIT and other pathways partners in Canada

  • Proudly Canadian owned